Thus, the weakest of the three outfielders should be placed in left field. Center fielder - The center fielder should be the quickest outfielder due to the fact he will have more area of the outfield to cover than either the left fielder or right fielder.
Generally, the left-field is where the worst player on a baseball team will be positioned. Even when the batted ball tends to go to the left side more often, the left fielder’s throwing arm doesn’t need to be so strong, and it’s surrounded by the most skilled players on a team.
According to the baseball recruiting guidelines for the All-American Baseball Academy, the 60-yard dash is an integral part of their search and recruitment process. Both middle infielders and outfielders have to have a 6.8-second 60-yard dash or faster. Catchers and corner infielders need a 7.25 or lower.
Corner outfielders and hitting first basemen are a dime a dozen. Nobody will argue that the DH is the most important position on the field. Good center fielders, middle infielders and third baseman are even easier to find than a good catcher.
H-webs – or dual post webs – are usually best for outfielders and third basemen. This style of webbing allows outfielders to see through their gloves when they’re looking up and tracking pop ups.
Being good at tracking and catching the ball is essential, but outfielders must know their arm strength, how to throw on a line and (most importantly) where to throw the ball. Quickly hitting the cutoff man is as valuable a skill as being able to throw the ball all the way to the base.
Outfield: Average High School: 7.3 sec. Good High School/Average Non-D1 College: 7.0 sec. Minimum D1/Good Non-D1: 6.8 sec.
Unless the fielder is sure the ball is in front of him, his first step should always be back. Outfielders often struggle most reading line drives right at them. If the outfielder takes his first step back, then he can more easily adjust to come in on the ball.
Based on statistics and the position’s active involvement in the game, it’s believed that right field is the easiest baseball position to play. This is the case because of the number of balls hit to right field compared to other positions on the field.
Scouts are looking for four things from outfielders: a strong overhand throw, a straight-line trajectory, good carry, and good life on the turf when the ball finally hits the ground. A strong arm is also necessary for infielders particularly the shortstop and third baseman.
Christopher Morel has a cannon. The literal two hardest throws all year by a position player came from Morel. Outfielders can get their momentum going so you tend to see these throws over 100 mph throughout the year – someone will probably touch 103 mph this season – and Morel is at the top of the class.
Even though this is where most managers put players who are good hitters but poor fielders, the right fielder still needs a strong arm to throw to cutoff man and prevent runners from scoring. This is often considered to be, alongside the left field, the least important position in baseball.
Of all outfield positions, the right fielder often has the strongest arm, because they are the farthest from third base.
Outfielders need to be fast and have a strong arm. Typically center fielders need the most speed and right fielders need the strongest arm (so they can make the throw to third base). Of course, outfielders need to be able to consistently catch fly balls on the run.
All outfielders have the ability to call off all infielders. The shortstop has the ability to call off all other infielders but not outfielders. If he is moving back into the outfield then he has to give up priority to the outfielder coming in on the ball.
65-75 mph is the range the majority of 15 year olds throw… with 75-80 mph being the higher end.
“A catcher has to be the smartest player on the field,” said Steve Stone, a White Sox television analyst who worked with dozens during his 11 years as a big-league pitcher. “He has to know the other team’s hitters.